14 episodes

In the Research Matters Podcast, I interview leading scientific researchers in psychology and other social sciences in an effort to understand what they do that makes them productive. This podcast is intended to help graduate students, professors, and scientists learn actionable strategies that can help them in their own research endeavors. I strive to help draw out the tips, tricks, habits, and routines of extraordinarily productive researchers.

In these interviews, we cover topics like:

How to develop a programmatic line of research
How to build a team of amazing collaborators
Getting things done
Writing productively
Grant writing strategies
Creating an effective research lab
Applying design thinking to research
How to develop great research ideas
When to turn your research into a book
Managing grad students
Maintain a balance with other aspects of life, such as health, fun, and family
How to choose which projects to invest in
How to be efficient
And much more…

Research Matters Podcast Jason Luoma, Ph.D.

    • Social Sciences
    • 5.0, 12 Ratings

In the Research Matters Podcast, I interview leading scientific researchers in psychology and other social sciences in an effort to understand what they do that makes them productive. This podcast is intended to help graduate students, professors, and scientists learn actionable strategies that can help them in their own research endeavors. I strive to help draw out the tips, tricks, habits, and routines of extraordinarily productive researchers.

In these interviews, we cover topics like:

How to develop a programmatic line of research
How to build a team of amazing collaborators
Getting things done
Writing productively
Grant writing strategies
Creating an effective research lab
Applying design thinking to research
How to develop great research ideas
When to turn your research into a book
Managing grad students
Maintain a balance with other aspects of life, such as health, fun, and family
How to choose which projects to invest in
How to be efficient
And much more…

    Maria Karekla, PhD, on wearables in research and getting a psychophysiology lab up and running

    Maria Karekla, PhD, on wearables in research and getting a psychophysiology lab up and running

    Dr. Maria Karekla is an assistant professor at the University of Cyprus where she studies anxiety and cravings and specializes in utilizing psychophysiological measurements in her research. I decided to interview her because she has one of the few labs in the world that has done research comparing consumer grade wearable physiological measurement devices to research grade stationary devices.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Todd Kashdan, on going against the grain, idea capture, and autonomy

    Todd Kashdan, on going against the grain, idea capture, and autonomy

    Todd Kashdan, PhD, is a professor of psychology at George Mason University, where he’s senior scientist at the Center for the Advancement of Wellbeing. He’s been a leading researcher in positive psychology from when that area first started to blow up and often plays the role of someone who challenges established wisdom. He's not one to shy away from controversy.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ken Weingardt, on personal mission statements and tech startups in the mental health space

    Ken Weingardt, on personal mission statements and tech startups in the mental health space

    An addictionologist by training, Dr. Weingardt held
    various positions in academia and research -- from faculty appointments at major medical schools to leadership positions of federally funded organizations -- before deciding the grant-writing/publishing treadmill was not for him. He then pivoted to bring his research expertise to tech startups in the mental health space.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Kelly Wilson, PhD, on the importance of theory, chasing your interests, and giving away ideas

    Kelly Wilson, PhD, on the importance of theory, chasing your interests, and giving away ideas

    Dr. Kelly Wilson is a recently retired, emeritus faculty at the University of Mississippi. He is a leading researcher, theorist, and trainer of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and an important contributor to clinical behavior analysis. He has published nine very well selling books.

    • 59 min
    Lynette Averill, PhD, on moving from counseling psychology to neuroscience, getting a Fulbright, and ketamine research

    Lynette Averill, PhD, on moving from counseling psychology to neuroscience, getting a Fulbright, and ketamine research

    Dr. Averill is an assistant professor in the Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and research fellow in the clinical neurosciences division of the National Center for PTSD VA Connecticut Healthcare System. Her research focuses primarily on studying the neurobiological mechanisms involved in ketamine as a treatment for PTSD and suicidality. Although Dr. Averill originally got her degree in counseling psychology, she later made the switch to neuroscience, which is her current passion.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Shannon Wiltsey Stirman, on embracing the messy and dissemination and implementation science

    Shannon Wiltsey Stirman, on embracing the messy and dissemination and implementation science

    Shannon Wiltsey Stirman, PhD, of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University Medical School and is Acting Deputy Director, Dissemination and Training Division, National Center for PTSD. She’s a leading researcher in the area of disseminating evidence-based therapies. As part of this, she juggles two RO1 research grants from NIMH, working with multiple teams, and having team members scattered across the US and Canada.

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

jess_shok ,

Something different

I really appreciate the intentional focus on research and the process of research in this podcast. The interview with Todd Kashdan is my favorite so far but there are so many excellent interviews with researchers who are actually doing the work and spreading the science. Great job!

Bob McLellarn ,

Great work

I’ve listened to many podcasts and this is one of the best.

juwa88 ,

Personable and practical

Great for early career social science researchers and grad students. It's like an insider's look into the tips by some of the most productive (and balanced!) researchers. Includes researchers who are working in traditional academic positions, but also researchers who have taken non-traditional paths outside academia.

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